Glenrothes became a hub for youth employment on Tuesday 16th March as applicants for the 238 posts secured through the Future Jobs Fund were invited to view the possibilities on offer.
The Jobs Fair hosted by Jobcentre Plus and Fife Council at the Rothes Halls saw 239 interested youngsters seeking information about the jobs on offer from 20 employers, who form the Future Jobs Fund Partnership led by Fife Council. Companies included public sector (Fife Council, NHS Fife), as well as private and third sector employers (i.e. Kirkcaldy Town Centre Management Ltd, Fife Works, The Ecology Centre, North Queensferry Heritage Trust). The posts were specifically aimed at 18 – 24 year olds who have been unemployed for over 6 months. They are all new posts, that last 6 months and all must benefit the local community. This was the second Jobs Fair to take place. A previous Fair saw 70 potential recruits in Dunfermline in February.
The range of jobs on offer varied from administration and maintenance jobs to the more diverse positions of Street Ambassador and Estate Action Assistant.
Lucinda McAllister, Fife Council’s Skills and Employability Team Leader said: ”These jobs will provide an essential stepping stone for youngsters to gain experience and confidence to get them into permanent posts. This young age group have been badly affected be the current financial situation and this is one of many initiatives that Fife Council Development Services are using to support this group”.
Margaret Sangster, Customer Service Operations Manager for Jobcentre Plus in Fife added” This was a fantastic opportunity for local unemployed young people to access jobs which could make a huge difference to their lives and help them on the ladder to success. It was especially heartening to see so many of them turn up to take advantage of the chance to meet employers face to face.”
One of the biggest employers in Fife’s Future Jobs Fund project is NHS Fife with over 50 available vacancies. Rona King, NHS Fife Director of HR said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to be part of this valuable initiative, which not only provides the fundamental benefits of employment and training to young people, but also contributes to the health and well being of the local community. This collaboration demonstrates the benefit of our partnership working with Fife Council.”
Future Jobs Fund is a DWP run initiative which forms part of the Young Person’s Guarantee to ensure that all 18 -24 years olds are offered either a job, work experience or training.
Photo caption: David Walker, from Kinglassie, in discussion with Joanne Aitken and Lynne Dunn from Fife Works